Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • The 2015 Calendar dates have now been published. here. Full details for each of the events will be available shortly.

  • The latest 2014 ranking list has been published here

  • The poor weather did not keep anyone away from the final race of the South Lakes WWR Summer series. 
    28 paddlers, including a couple from Bradford and Bingley CC, enjoyed the results of recent rain.
    The rain during the BBQ and prize giving was not so welcome but all seemed to enjoy the evening out.
  • Race 3 was again well attended and the sun shone on us. Lack of rain has caused the river to silt up below the weir so the normaldrop never arrived as the 9M+ tide fell.  It was great to welcome 3 paddlers over from Bradford and Bingley and our latest young recruit, Zander.
    John DCC
  • This years Wildwater race on the Olympic legacy course will take place on Sunday July 27th. You will need to get your entry in before the day - closing date for entries is July 14th.

    This is our opportunity to get on the Lee Valley course and show off WWR to the UK public.

    Course open for practice: 12.00-13.30
    Race start: 14.00 - 16.00

    The entry fee includes day membership of Canalside Centre.
    For Entries, please visit:


    lee valley 2014
  • Tuesday June 10th saw another great turnout from DCC. 30 paddlers from 6 to 60. 

    Running local races in the fine summer evenings certainly encourages novice paddlers, dads, mothers and grandmothers to give it a go.

    Will they still be as keen on those wet cold winter days?

  • The classic results from the World Championships have been added to the downloads section.

    Congratulations to Nicky Cresser for a fine top 20 finish (out of a field of 53) in the MK1 category.

  • worldchampionship2014-engGood luck to the GB Senior team who are in Sondrio, Italy for the Wild Water Racing World Championships on the Adda river. The team is now all presnt and correct, and have been on the water already testing out the tricky course. The team has been posting blogs on Facebook, and Gilly Mara has been updating her website with progress.

    Peter Schofield has posted some footage of early runs on the river. It's at a pretty low level at the moment, but this may well be brought higher for race days.

    You can follow details of the racing at the official website

Timing Strokes - River Synergy

Posted in Coaches Blog

As we come into the high performance race season, I thought it would be useful to remember one of the key techniques of WWR - Timing Strokes to waves.

The WWR manual has some useful resources, including video that covers these principles:

The principle of timing your paddle strokes to the waves is as applicable for the frantic pace of sprint as it is the classic.

Timing strokes to the waves involves placing the blade into the wave face, rather than the trough. Preferably just over the high point, but practically anywhere on the high point of the wave works.

When the strokes are timed to the waves there are a number of resulting behaviours:

Assessing changes

Posted in Coaches Blog

Forward power – how to assess changes in technique.

As coaches we are looking for the technique that gives the best power output.

We can break down forward paddling into its different parts but each paddler has their own style. Paddler and coach cannot always tell if a small change in technique has improved power.

I recently went out to a shoot on a local broken weir with one of our junior paddlers to do some hard moves on easy water and some endurance work trying to paddle up the weir. This works really well because as she begins to slow she starts dropping off the weir. She can steer across the wave using edge while maintaining power. (and I don’t have to keep up with her).

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Mentor Scheme

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...With just a couple of hours a week to offer...you could be part of the next big success story!

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